Fox Business host Lou Dobbs went after South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham in a scathing attack, asking why anyone would vote for the Republican lawmaker while he battled to keep his seat in a close election race.
Dobbs’ criticism against the senator was sparked because the Senate Judiciary Committee chairman would not subpoena “the left-wing heads of the censorships Twitter and Facebook until after the election.”
“I don’t know why anyone in the great state of South Carolina would ever vote for Lindsey Graham. It’s just outrageous,” Dobbs said on Friday. “This is the guy who keeps saying, ‘Stay tuned.’ He said he would get to the bottom of Obamagate with the Judiciary Committee, which has been a year and a half, actually longer, of absolute inert response to these pressing issues of our day.”
He went on to state that Mr Graham has “betrayed” President Donald Trump, despite the senator becoming one of the most vocal supporters for the president in recent years.
“Graham has betrayed President Trump at almost every turn,” Dobbs said. “He has betrayed the American people and his oath of office. He’s done absolutely nothing to investigate Obamagate except to tell everyone, ‘Stay tuned,’ time and time again. Stay tuned. Senator Graham needs to be tuned out in South Carolina.”
Mr Trump and the South Carolina senator were not always on good terms, though.
In 2016 before winning the presidency, Mr Trump called the senator, who was running against him, “one of the dumbest human beings I’ve ever seen” and a “nut job”.
“I believe that the president’s words about the senator then apply today,” Dobbs said.
The harsh words against the senator come after the Senate Judiciary hearing voted 12-0 last week to subpoena Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey after both social media platforms blocked a New York Post article about Hunter Biden. The blocking of the article proved, according to conservatives, that there was an anti-conservative bias on these platforms.
The panel vote did not include the Democrats because they were boycotting the hearing over Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to the Supreme Court.
Mr Graham said the committee would likely hold a hearing with the Facebook and Twitter heads after the election, which outraged some conservatives like Mr Dobbs.
The criticism comes in the middle of a heated election race.
The longtime senator faces a challenge with Democratic candidate Jamie Harrison closing in, according to the polls. This past week, a Morning Consult poll put Mr Harrision up by two points over Mr Graham. A New York Times poll has Mr Graham up by six points.
Mr Harrison has made history with his Senate race by raising more than $100m, according to pre-general election financial filings. He has become the first US senate candidate to raise that amount from any state.
In the third quarter alone Mr Harrison has pulled in $57m, which broke another record of the most ever brought in by a Senate candidate in a quarterly fundraising period, in any state.
Mr Graham’s fundraising efforts have also picked up with less than 10 days before the election, partly because the senator has been in the public eye due to the Senate Judiciary Committee’s hearing for Mrs Barrett. During the hearing, Mr Graham made a plea for people to visit his website to donate to his campaign – a plea that sparked ethics complaints from Democrats.
Mr Graham losing the South Carolina Senate race would be a major blow to Republicans who are fighting to maintain a majority in the upper chamber. But the chances of Mr Harrison winning remain an uphill battle as the state is expected to swing red for Mr Trump.
South Carolina has not elected a Democratic senator for the US Senate in more than two decades.